UPDATE: Congratulations to Danielle Jansen! You won the Lensbaby Mobile LM-10 and Phone clip! I can’t wait to see what you do with it and how you #SeeInANewWay!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated for commenting and sharing your stories. It was really wonderful to see how photography has positively impacted your lives! And another huge thank you to all my friends, family, clients, and followers for your support this past year. I couldn’t have done it without you, and I’m so excited for Year 2 and many more!
The other day, I was sorting through a box of treasures I kept from my childhood home in upstate New York and found my “first photograph” — at least, the first photograph I took that I deemed worthy of being framed and saved. I must have taken it sometime in the late 1980s — probably spring 1987 or 1988 — with my Dad’s old Pentax K1000 that he gave me around that time. I would have been 7 or 8 years old. I can’t remember exactly the year I took it, or what the type of film was, or even the precise location of the photo, but I remember with crystal clarity seeing it for the first time mounted on its acid-free mat in its flowery pink and gold frame.
That was the first time I ever felt like “an artist.”
Looking at that photograph more than 25 years later I still love it because it brings back the best of my childhood. (And it reminds me of the incredibly gorgeous color you get with film!) Playing in those woods behind our house with my brother and the Heitkamp kids next door, naming every little rock and stream and making elaborate maps (of the girls’ “territories” and the boys’ “territories”), working with my Mom on hugely elaborate school art projects, reading every book I could get my hands on, listening to my Dad play Beethoven on the piano at night. You would never see these things in this photo, but I do — not because they are written in light on a piece of photo paper, but because they are the images on my heart every time I pick up a camera.
In just 3 days, on May 5, Soraya Rudofsky Photography LLC will be 1 year old. I can hardly believe how the time flies. When I left the practice of law five years ago to follow my dream of becoming an artist, this hardly seemed possible. I have so many people to thank for making it come true. I will never be able to repay my husband for his incredible love and support – especially through the late nights, the frustrations, my insane perfectionism in pursuit of an image when I wanted to get “just one more,” days when he came home and the house is a mess and I’m still in my pajamas editing at the computer – and for his caring and celebrating with me when an image somehow comes together the way I imagined it. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to my parents, in-laws, siblings, all of my family and friends, mentors, teachers, fellow photographers, fans and followers on social media, and my incredible models and clients who have shared their stories and magic with me (and for being so good looking!). Thank you all so much for supporting me and my business in this amazing year.
It’s time to celebrate!
I decided that to kick off Year 2, it’s time to start a project I’ve been planning for a while. If you’ve read my blog, you know I love everything Lensbaby. Lensbaby‘s slogan is “See In A New Way” and that is truly what they have done for me – I see the world differently now, and I love sharing that new perspective. So, this year I’m going to See My Life In A New Way, by taking and sharing a new photograph with one of my Lensbaby lenses each and every day for a full year!
But, because the journey is so much more fun with friends, I would like to invite you to do this project with me! And, to make that possible, I’ve decided to gift one of my favorite photography tools to one of my readers — the Lensbaby LM-10 mobile phone lens with a Lensbaby iPhone Mount!
The Lensbaby LM-10 mobile is an awesome little lens. It fits in your pocket, and you can put it on your phone with the Lensbaby iPhone Mount (yes, featuring Yukon on the packaging)! I hope it will help you see your life in a new way, and feel like an artist everyday.
To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this blog post about a photo that is meaningful to you or a time when photography changed your life in a positive way, and login to Rafflecopter to tell it that you commented (which is how I keep track). One entry per person, but you have from now until 12:00 am May 8th CST to enter. On May 8th (after entries are closed) I’ll pick a random winner from the comments using Rafflecopter. All of the rules and specific information are in the entry form below.
Thank you all – and have a happy May!